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April 2019 - Italy

April 2019 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Saracco 2018  Moscato dAsti DOP
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, summer peach, lilac, and lemon bar with a crisp, very sweet fat body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of candied pear, vanilla bean, creme caramel with roasted stone fruits, and mandarin orange segments in syrup. A sweet, vibrant Moscato with great depth of flavor; serve with gusto.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Tenuta Cucco 2012 Cerrati Vigna Cucco Barolo Riserva DOCG
95 points
$98
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of wet plaster, anise biscotti, brandied raisins and dried berries, and honeysuckle and apricot with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, layered, long finish with nuances of pomegranate and tomato relish, delicate floral herbs, earth, and cedar with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and vibrant, highly structured old-school Barolo that is built to last.
Villa Puccini 2014  Chianti Riserva DOCG
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of fig jam, cherry preserves, pickled beets with rosemary, and toasted cinnamon with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long Tuscan white bean, marinated kale, and toasted pine nuts finish. A delicious, highly nuanced Chianti with an old-school style and enviable balance.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Castello di Gabbiano 2013 Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
93 points
$39.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla creme, dates, macerated cherries, tobacco, and menthol with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long finish with accents of leather with moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Chianti with beautiful fruit and spice with a lovely hint of mint.
93 points $39.99
Pizzolato 2016  Chianti Classico DOCG
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of mixed berry fruit leather, strawberry, potters clay, rose hip jam, and roasted mushrooms with a crisp, dryish full body and a medium-long black pepper and caramelized squash finish. A tasty and balanced Chianti with great table-appeal.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Aiola 2015  Chianti Classico Riserva
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ligonberry jam, toasted crepes, blackberry confection, and olive with a lively, dryish full body and a long finish. A chewy, age-worthy Chianti; structured to last so drink 2023-2035.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Saracco 2017  Pinot Noir
92 points
$22.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of al pastor with roasted pineapple, dried figs, and toffee with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, refreshing, medium-long earth, marinated strawberry, cacao nib, and sweet spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very expressive and appetizing pinot noir that will pair beautifully.
92 points $22.99
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$32.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple strudel and banana cupcake with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish with notes of tropical citrus melange, almond brittle, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and stylish Prosecco with a come hither quality.
92 points $32.99
Cavaliere d’Oro 2017 Rosso Terra Siciliane IGT
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black tea, forest fruit scone, chocolate chips, marjoram, and eucalyptus with a vibrant, fruity full body and a medium-long finish with notes of caramel-laden nuts. A chewy Sicilian red with nice complexity to complement the meal.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Villa Puccini 2015  Toscano IGT
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of opera cake, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and marshmallow cream with a crisp, fruity full body and a medium-long black forest cake and granite finish. An vivid chocolate cake of a wine best enjoyed with great company and a plate a of salumi; creative oak and international style.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Prosecco Superiore DOCG
91 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, spiced apple and melon, and biscotti with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish revealing accents of reduced lemon, kiwi, and pepper skin with no oak flavor. A stylish and elegant Prosecco that will be quite versatile.
91 points $19.99
Cancello Rosso 2015  Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
91 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry preserves, wet autumn leaves, crushed coriander seed, and black tea with a crisp, dryish full body and a long finish that presents overtones of rhubarb, suede and mint. A restrained, elegant take on Chianti; evolves in the glass.
Collina San Ponzio 2015  Barolo DOCG
91 points
$48
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of Turkish incense, olive and pickled pepper relish, and chocolate covered craisins with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying accents of pencil shavings, spiced blackberries, cedar, and soft earth with firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely composed Barolo with appealing fruit and oak in a more international style.
Castello di Gabbiano 2015  Chianti Classico
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of baked figs, chamomile, poured fondant, and rose hip with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length mushrooms finish with moderate oak flavor. A lipsmacking Chianti with great food affinity; should fare quite well after a short slumber in the cellar.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Tenuta Cucco 2014 del Comme di Serralunga dAlba Barolo DOCG
90 points
$65
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate orange peel, spiced pomegranate, and oven roasted tomato with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of cranberry relish, nutskin, leafy earth, and cedar with fine, dusty tannins. A nice balanced and rewarding Barolo that is drinking beautifully now and will really shine with food.
Tenuta Cucco 2014 Cerrati Barolo DOCG
90 points
$80
Burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peony, raspberry jam, and mulberry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish manifesting shades of black pepper with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward Barolo with great texture and a welcoming style.
Cavaliere d’Oro NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Confected aromas of lemon candies, apricot, circus peanut, and pistachio gelato with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length poached pear and banana custard finish with no oak flavor. A rich and fruity, off-dry Prosecco best for an after-dinner cheese course.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2018  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Citrusy aromas of citron sorbet, sweet almond, and candied oranges with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy pears and Turkish delight finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fresh and silky pinot grigio that will be fantastic with shellfish.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cavaliere d’Oro 2016  Toscana IGT
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of plump olives, cocoa powder, ripe cherries, thyme, and black pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long vanilla finish. A nicely nuanced Tuscan blend that will shine at the table; heartily textured for cellar ability.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato Fields 2018 Brut Spumante Prosecco
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of golden apple, pressed flowers, white peach, and mint with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, medium-length Meyer lemon, sage, and plantain finish. A dry and palate-opening Prosecco that will make a great aperitivo.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling Italy
88 points
$22
Yellow color. Aromas of lemon balm, sourdough bread, orange blossom, and egg custard with a bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a quick fruit cup finish. A fizzy pleaser in a lighthearted style; pour atop sorbet or enjoy with cheeses.
Villa Poggio Salvi 2014  Brunello di Montalcino
88 points
$44
Garnet color. Aromas of dried olives, morello cherry, leather, and oaken box with a vibrant, medium-to-full body and a medium-long marinated beets finish. A chewy Brunello that will play well at the table.
Cantina Colle Moro NV Frizzante Terre di Chieti IGT
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach pit, nutskin, and souffle with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish manifesting impressions of lemon marmalade on toast and orange and kiwi zest with no oak flavor. A dry and zesty sparkler for the table.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Argeo Treviso Prosecco di Treviso DOC
87 points
$15.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of candied pear, honey, tart candies, and fruit cup with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, quick finish with no oak flavor. A light-hearted and crisp prosecco for anytime sipping.
87 points $15.99
Collina San Ponzio 2017 Bric Dei Pittatori Barbera dAlba DOC
87 points
$21
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of raspberry jam and mountain tea with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length scone and carob finish. A jammy Barbera with gobs of berry aromas.
Villadoria 2015  Barbaresco DOCG
87 points
$29.99
Pale garnet color. Aromas of leather-bound book with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy tar, rose hips and oregano finish. A dry Barbaresco that embraces the old-world.
87 points $29.99
Villadoria 2015 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
86 points
$17.99
Violet color. Aromas of dried rose petals, dried cranberry, dark chocolate, and pie crust with a crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length goji berry, wax, mint, and roasted pecans finish. A zesty, dry, chewy Nebbiolo best with hearty fare.
86 points $17.99
Cavaliere d’Oro 2017 Pinot Grigio Valdadige D.O.C.
85 points
$14.99
Pale gold color. Aroma of apple pastry with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy light caramel and sea salt finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A silky, easy drinking white for anytime sipping.
85 points $14.99
Papale 2014  Primitivo di Manduria
85 points
$24.99
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate-cherry, vanilla-latte, and plum tart with a velvety, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length blueberry compote, pie crust, caramel, and raspberry sauce finish with moderate oak flavor. Confected sweetness and heat liven up the palate.
85 points $24.99
Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine Italy
84 points
$12
Straw color. Aromas of berry sorbet, honeydew melon semifreddo, and pineapple punch with a crisp, cloying light-to-medium body and a medium-length tangerine candies and pastry crust finish. A fruity, summertime treat; serve on ice or atop sorbets.
12 e Mezzo 2015  Primitivo del Salento IGP
84 points
$14.99
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, marzipan, toasted coconut, and licorice with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium body and a medium-length finish with accents of honeysuckle. A fruity, velvety wine with kisses of vanilla and sugar.
84 points $14.99
Cavaliere d’Oro 2016  Chianti Classico
84 points
$14.99
Light garnet color. Aromas of nutmeg, cassis, and earth with a silky, lively, medium body and a smooth, brisk underripe cherry, carob, and cinnamon finish with moderate oak flavor. An earthy Chianti to match with creamy pastas.
84 points $14.99
Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of banana creme brulee, pear tart, and rubber band with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting touches of honeyed orange and lemon, banana skin, and paper mache with no oak flavor. A super attractive, rich and juicy Prosecco with a boatload of ripe fruit.
Stella Rosa NV Rosé Flavored Wine Italy
83 points
$14
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of berry fruit snacks and lemonade with a crisp, cloying light body and a buoyant finish. A blush-hued, candied sparkler for hot-weather fun.
Giovina 2017  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
81 points
$17.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax candle, anejo tequila, pot roast, roasted peppers and plantains, and cheese with a crisp, dryish watery body and a medium-length finish with touches of minestrone. A meaty-savory wine for stews.
81 points $17.99
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